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TRADITION

(immutable unchangeable eternal truths)

Preface

If you are viewing this site, either I know you or we've met, or you stumbled across it online. This was not setup to reach out to the general public to promote anything. This is simply a depository, or a "vault" of information I've deposited after decades of research on many topics related to beliefs in God and a desire to understand what God expects of me. These topics include matters of life, death, love, and the universal quest to find answers to questions like these: 

   

1. Where did we come from?

2. Why are we here?

3. What does the future hold for mankind?

4. Why does God allow wickedness to continue to exist?

5. What has happened to His Holy Apostolic Church?

   

I am not posing these questions because "I" have the answers, nor is this site meant to teach, persuade, convince, or put forth an agenda or position on anything to anyone. These are merely bits of information I found along the way that seem to address questions like these. In my opinion, I don't believe God leaves us with mysteries to solve on our own. But what I also faced along the way is the perplexing question of, "How much of what we find now can be trusted?" and "Who has the authority to address these kinds of questions without a motive to support their position or agenda?"

 

Where it comes to Christianity, most consider the Bible as the final answer to these complex questions, but there too we have to wonder, "Why are there over 40,000 denominations all claiming to have the answers with their 4,000 different translations of that one book. And for those who insist that science and technology have all the answers, I ask, "If God is behind all this, shouldn't science be in complete harmony with what God has revealed to us in The Bible?" While much has been revealed to us in modern technology helping us understand the nature of our world through chemistry and physics, the fact is, the writers of the books of the Bible weren't scientists and even they say they didn't always know what they were writing about since they were "inspired" or lead by God's spirit to reveal these deep truths of God about our world, His purpose, and what He expects of His creation. With a degree in chemistry, I concluded that the "acid test" was whether the empirical facts of science fit into the universal picture painted by God in scripture. And, does it all lead to a hope, and to ritals of life facing us all? Do we get a sense of purpose bringing us closer to God. Otherwise, what's the point?

     

The information herein are like breadcrumbs, like the story of Hansel and Gretel, leading to the destination, the answers. Like Jesus Himself said, "I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall not hunger: and he that believeth in me shall never thirst." (John 6:35) He also pointed out at John 17:3, ~ It's a matter of eternal life or death. At times the material you read herein may seem "esoteric" (intended for a select few intellectuals), but not so. But sometimes we must wade through what seems like boring academia to find the wheat among the weed. In the end, there are no secrets, no mysteries, only answers from God. It's just that God's ways, His answers, are not always easy to accept. It takes humility to see it, a rare trait in a world bent on personal opinions and "meism."

    

Looking for some of these answers took me back over centuries of history to piece things together, like a giant jigsaw puzzle on a table without clear directions . But I trusted in Jesus words when He promised He would guide and supply the answers. (Matthew 7:7) So, I doggedly marched on. God allowed me the time it took to first get out of our own way and let the truth, the facts speak for itself. One thing I found was that "conventional" history books are inconsistent and heavily influenced by the authors' hidden agendas. I found much of the "history" in mainstream academia has been revised, even redacted to fit a changing narrative. This added to why it took so long to fit the pieces of the puzzle together. I also remembered that old adage, "the reward is in the journey." As I was searching answers to one thing, I discovered other things along the way I never knew. At times I found answers that didn't fit because I was still clinging to the conventional thinking I was exposed to all my life. When I finally began "thinking outside the box" I found myself in for decades, a picture began to emerge. This was that "rabbit hole" everyone refers to that most are afraid to go down into, but unlike Alice in Wonderland, the world I found was right under my nose, not hidden in obscure places. I didn't see it before because I was blinded by the lies I was told all my life. As Mark Twain (so someone in that past said)

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

I began to realize; everything I knew, or thought about, was obtained postnatally (after birth), things I heard or learned from family, friends, neighbors, teachers, social media, even religious leaders, who, in turn, have also been influenced by others in their lives as well. This is especially true about what we've been led to believe on matters of faith and religion. And it's not that all these people before us intended to lie or deceive us. It's because they too didn't know any better. Few people take the time to dig into these matters to find answers to these critical answers, thinking it's over their heads. But if God told us to ask, dig, search for answers, it's not over our heads at all, as if God only speaks to intellectual thinkers. This isn't (as they say) rocket science, or heavy theological philosophy. These are basic human questions we all have entertained at some point in our lives. But, it's like that analogy of the story told to someone whispering in their ear, and they, in turn, whispered what they "think" they heard (or read) into someone else's ear, and so on. By the time the whispering gets back to you, it's totally different from what you actually said in the ear of the first person. Yet everyone insists that's what they heard and nothing will change their mind. Is it any wonder there are so many interpretations, 45,000 in fact, that came out of one book, the Bible. Not only that, there are nearly 4,000 different translations of the Bible that have evolved since the 16th century, which will all be addressed. Jesus never shared the truth in secret by "whispering" or in secret circles, for just a few. What HE taught was out in the open for all to hear and clearly understand. So, here's another question I had; what happend over the centuries that caused so much chaos and confusion? The confusion and constant changes weren't originating with God. So, where and when did it begin to breakdown?  

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Let's start by going back nearly 2000 years to the year 382 A.D., and consider what a man named Jerome, a priest of Christ Church was asked to do by another man, Damasus I, the bishop of Rome, to transliterate all the books of the Old and New Testament from Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek into one collection into Latin. Why Latin? It was the common language of the Roman Empire at that time, just as the common language all over the world today is English. Why? Because English is the common language of United States and England, the dual world powers, and they control most of the wealth today. According to history, from 382 A.D. until the 16th century, there was only one translation of the Bible Jerome translated into Latin Vulgate. Then in 1450 A.D. Johannes Gutenberg, a German inventor crafted the first printing press and began printing the actual Latin Jerome Bible into German and later, into English. Why German? Gutenberg was German, and what is now Germany, was the center of the Holy Roman Empire for centuries, the Habsberg Empire, the center of Christianity in Europe until the late 1800's. England too was connected to the Holy Roman Empire and a strong Christian country before the split by King Henry VIII and the Protestant Revolution.

   

Up until the 16th century, there were only a handful of handwritten copies of Jerome's Latin Vulgate Bible from the 4th century. It took centuries for copies to appear from monasteries and institutions of religious orders of the Church before outsiders could even see them. It wasn't a secret, but rather treasured by the Church and guarded to make sure Jerome's Latin Vulgate wasn't destroyed or changed by heretics. Even after the Gutenberg's printing press was created, it took many years to reprint these new Bibles into various languages for all to read, French, Italian, Spanish, etc. And few outside the priests and bishops in the Church possessed a Bible for a few good reasons, most were illiterate and couldn't afford a printed Bible for themselves. Even many priests and local bishops outside Rome did not have their own copies of the Bible. So, this brings up the question; "How did Christians for all those centuries learn of Christ and the teachings of the prophets and apostles without their own Bible for reference? Suffice to say, few Christians knew how to read Latin much less have access to this massive work. While Jesus and His apostles were on earth, they didn't carry around copies of the Bible, not even the Torah, the books of Moses, in scrolls. They simply spoke about the words of Christ when HE was on earth. When Jesus quoted the Old Testament prophecies and words of Moses and the prophets, it was from the Septuagint version of the Old Testament, and there's no reference to Jesus carrying around any books or scrolls to refer to. HE was the logos. He inspired the writings of the Old and New Testaments, so He knew exactly what was in them. Yet Jesus Himself quoted from the Septuagint version which was familiar with most Jews He spoke to.

   

The apostle St Paul told us how the apostles taught in 2 Thessalonians 2:14. He referred to it as "traditions" of the Church, both written and "oral teachings". The average common "laity" Christians at that time were totally dependent upon the teachings of bishops and priests to "transmit" the things Jesus taught, not translateThis is why Jesus Christ gave "ALL authority on earth", "the keys of the His kingdom" to His chief apostle, Peter first and to the eleven other apostles of Christ. (Matthew 16:19 Matthew 11:27, Matthew 28:18 and John 3:35) And after they died, the keys were passed on to other disciples and Church Fathers. (More on this later)

 

At Pentecost 33 A.D., the Holy Ghost (Spirit), proceeded from the Father through the Son, Jesus (John 15:26) and it was the Holy Spirit "who" gave the apostles the ability to preach and teach in many languages. In turn, it was Jesus who gave Peter, the keys, i.e., "all" authority on earth to transmit knowledge to understand sacred scripture. Whatever Peter taught was bound on earth, and bound in heaven. This is what "the keys" were for, not literal keys. Peter was given the authority to govern the entire Church, including the other apostles on matters of faith and morals. The other apostles looked to Peter as having the final say on matters of faith and morals. This didn't mean that Peter was "infallible", a term misapplied by Pius IX in 1875. This was never the teaching of Christ and the early apostles, that Popes are infallible, i.e., never error. Rather, on matters of faith and morals, Peter merely was given authority to transmit what Christ taught on these matters. The apostles merely wrote down what Jesus instructed them to transmit by guidance of the Holy Spirit, God's paraclete

   

Before Jesus came to earth, He possessed "divine nature", as with the Father and the Holy Ghost, BUT when He became flesh, "incarnate", Jesus then assumed the unique quality of attaining "human nature". Not even the Father in heaven or the Holy Ghost possess that distinction, "fully divine AND fully man." This didn't give Jesus more authority, power, or supremacy then the Father or the Holy Ghost, nor is HE (Jesus) less than His Father in heaven, but equal. (John 5:18) Jesus assumed human nature for a purpose, obtaining a unique quality, giving all humanity the full assurance that He (Jesus) is fully aware of their nature, their sinful condition inherited from Adam, and to demonstrate to mankind the compassion and love for humans in this state, offering them forgiveness. 

   

As early as the third century, certain priests of the early Church already began questioning the equality of the Father and the Son, as one in the same. (John 10:30) They assumed authority to alter Christ teaching and began to "speculate" to find alternate interpretations of apostolic writings, on their own. For example, one priest, Arius, a student of Melitius, bishop of Lycopolis in Egypt, took it upon himself to teach that Jesus was no more than a "creation" of "God the Father." Arius put forth the notion, "ON HIS OWN", that the word "begotten" meant something different from what the apostles taught that Jesus had the same substance, essence, and nature of that "God the Father" from the beginning with the Father. Arius deviated from this original teachings and he began teaching that Jesus was not God incarnate (flesh) at all, but merely an after thought of God, just another son of God, like Lucifer and other angels. Arius taught that Jesus Christ was not at all equal to, or with God the Father from the beginning, as Moses said in Genesis or the apostle John taught in John 1:1, and John 10:30. 

 

Arianism was only one of the many false teachings, "heresies", that caused great riffs in the early Church. These groups came up with their own scriptural exogesis, "interpretations" of scripture. This teaching also denies the authority Christ gave to St Peter and his apostolic successors by circumvening them and branching out on their own, "ex ecclesia", outside the Church. These false religious orders also claim that because the word "trinity" doesn't appear in the Bible, it is a Catholic construct, and a false teaching. The words 'Trinity' is equivalent of the Latin word Trinitas, which was coined by the early Christian writer Tertullian, meaning something like 'the tripleness', referring to the oneness of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, three individual persons in one nature, "divine." This has been the understanding since the first century among Christians (Catholics). They accept this teaching since it was St Peter who was given ALL authority on earth to teach this and all doctrines and dogma of the Church that Christ established at Pentacost in 33 A.D. Peter taught that Jesus Christ is, as He Himself said to the high priest Caiaphas while on trial in the Sanhedrin, "I AM". It was this same "I AM", Jesus, in his prehuman existence, who was there with Moses on Mt. Sinai when HE said to Moses, "Tell them, (the Israelites held bondage in Egypt, "I AM that I AM". Jesus also made it clear to a group of Israelites at the temple when he said to them, "Before Abraham, I AM." For saying that, they wanted to stone Jesus to death, because He identified Himself as "I AM", God the Son, God incarnate, God in the flesh. Many today still cling to Arianism, though they don't refer to it as such.

 

As you continue to explore into this "vault" of information, notice scriptures highlighted in blue. Click on them and it will take you straight to the original Douay Rheims Bible.

   

The challenge is when we read scripture alone, as Peter points out, "... in them (scripture) ... there are things hard to understand, which the 'unlearned' and 'unstable' wrest (distort) to their own destruction." (2 Peter 3:16) Reading scripture is a start, but without proper guidance it's impossible to find answers to questions like the ones below, which the Popes have answered.

1.   How did we get here? Creation or evolution? (Can we prove it?)

2.   Who has final authority who we can we trust for answers?

3.   What does it mean to be "saved"?

4.   What does EENS in the background mean? Why is it important?

   

There are also many links to other websites, and YouTube videos, on theology, philosophy, Christology, to science, and history. Although you don't have to go there, you'll find many of these other sites are not highlighted on Google or mainstream academia. (More on that later) 

   

Just as Jesus had enemies, His chief enemy being Satan the devil, so too does His Church and the faithful of his Church have enemies. These enemies have tried for 19 centuries to hide, block and distort the truth from the masses. However, as Jesus promised, if we continue to sincerely "seek, ask, and knock", the truth will be revealed to us in due time. Many resist the truth, often because of fear about what they don't know. However, the thing to fear most is ignorance and fearing the unknown. But as King Solomon of ancient Israel said, "Fear is the beginning of wisdom." (Proverbs 9:10)

   

Regardless what denomination of Christianity you follow, chances are, you still have many questions you haven't found answers to yet. Although you may not find all your answers here, these may prove to be like breadcrumbs that can lead you to other places to find what you are truly looking for. But the answers can only be found if you never give up, since as Jesus said at John 17:3, "This is your life."

 

There's a simple chart on the next page, the "Introductory" page, offering a pathway to find answers by following the formula as set forth in tradition by letting God direct our step. (Jeremiah 10:23    

 

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St Michael the Archangel - Chief Defender of Tradition

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Defending tradition includes fearlessly speaking out to support the teachings of Christ and His Church.

   

Who would not defend themselves, their family, and their home from invasion or harm? Jesus Himself instructed His disciples to carry a sword to defend themselves from enemies. (Luke 22:36)

According to tradition, this did not mean Jesus advocated violence, but rather, He knew His enemies would persecute and seek to murder His disciples like they did to Him, so He wanted them to be prepared to defend themselves. Jesus knew He came to offer His life up as a sacrifice, so He had to die, but He wanted His disciples to continue living to worship God and live a sacramental life, as well as to help spread the gospel to all nations. Yet, if His disciples die a martyr's death to prove their faith, He also promised to take them directly to heaven, since they would be baptized in blood. 

God has always provided His people with protection and with instructions on how to defend themselves against their enemies, such as when the nation of Israel was instructed to "take" possession of the land of Canaan that God promised to Abraham and his descendants. The land was occupied by seven strong pagan nations that engaged child sacrifices to their pagan gods. It was Joshua who lead the charge to claim the land, drive out the enemies of God "with a sword" to rid the land of pagan worship and prepare it for clean worship of the true God. This was not contrary to the Fifth Commandment. (Exodus 20:13)

 

For this reason, God instructed His disciples to defend their faith by upholding tradition and speaking out against heresies, false teachings, and to oppose those who falsely "claim" to be His disciples. As the apostle Paul said, "our fight is against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places." (Ephesians 6:12)

   

Finally, remember, "The Reward is in the Journey". 

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